Which is why Miller made the film in the first place.
“I think had they gone to the World Series and won the World Series, there would be no movie there for me. I think it’s, you know, a perfect world as it happened,” he said, continuing, “I was not interested in the convention or the trope of the big victory, of the bright and fast burn of the ultimate triumph of them winning the game, and the excitement and just that ephemeral catharsis. This is not a movie that concedes to those conventions or tropes.”
Instead, it’s that lack of victory parade that allows Miller’s Beane to finally move forward.
“It’s a drama about a guy who thinks he is trying to win baseball games, who imagines that’s the most important thing, has come to believe that in order to be okay with who he is, this thing has to happen,” the director explained. “And it ends up being a classic wisdom story, a King Arthur type of thing. You know, get the grail and all will be restored to order. And of course, it’s an impossible task but it’s the actual journey of the thing that teaches the lesson that needs to be learned. And so you never quite get your hand right around it, but you realize, it’s not about the grail.”